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FSU/UF rise while Miami joins AP Top 25

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Both Florida and Florida State moved up in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Gators earned the 12th position, up from 13th last week, while the Seminoles climbed four spots to claim the No. 15 ranking. Florida moved up despite a loss at No. 9 Kentucky on Saturday. While they played the Wildcats tough in the 76-66 loss on the road, the Gators were impressive in their 81-66 takedown of a good South Carolina team. The Seminoles’ rise…

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Despite end of six-game grind, FSU still faces daunting schedule

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The six-game grinder in the Florida State men’s basketball schedule is now complete. No ACC team in 24 years faced the challenge of so many consecutive games against top 25 teams. It says a great deal that FSU was able to win five of those games. With Saturday’s wire-to-wire 73-68 win over No. 12 Louisville, the level of competition diminishes somewhat. At least on paper. While the next three games are against teams outside the top 25, all three are…

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Penn State makes case for playoffs; Florida bowls nearly set

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With Penn State’s thrilling 38-31 come-from-behind victory over Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship Game on Saturday, the controversy over who gets the fourth spot in the College Football Playoffs (CFP) has already begun. While the four teams will be announced on Sunday, the debate will linger through the new year, no matter what happens. Most are expecting the Nittany Lions (11-2) to head to the Rose Bowl to face Colorado with Wisconsin playing in the Cotton Bowl against Western…

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Clemson holds off Virginia Tech to repeat as ACC champions

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Once again, Deshaun Watson. Once again, the ACC title. Once again, Clemson. Watson led the Tigers to their second straight ACC title Saturday night, and their second straight trip to the college football playoffs. The Tigers, 12-1, had to survive a furious comeback by Virginia Tech to win, 42-35. Watson threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 85 yards and two more scores to lead Clemson. At one point in the third quarter, the Tigers led 35-14,…

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Football flashback: Ken Dorsey leads big win over Virginia Tech

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Back in the day, the nation paid attention when Miami played Virginia Tech. Take, for instance, the 2000 season, when the teams both came into the Orange Bowl with dreams of a glorious season. The Hokies were 8-0 and ranked second in the nation. The Hurricanes were 6-1 and ranked third. Then the anthem played … and it was over. Tech quarterback Michael Vick was ineffective with an injured ankle, and the Hurricanes scored the first 28 points of the game.…

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Miami could be missing much of its offensive line against Virginia Tech

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The University of Miami, already reeling from a sudden drop from the polls, may be without its defensive line Saturday against Virginia Tech. Coach Mark Richt already has declared that defensive end Demetrious Jackson and tackle Gerald Willis will miss this week’s game against the Hokies. Defensive end Chad Thomas is questionable with an injury. That leaves the Canes with backups Joe Jackson and Trent Harris. “Sometimes guys are banged up,” Richt said. “If a guy feels good enough the…

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Darryl E. Owens: The horror of wounded empathy — or when mass shootings become humdrum

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The day before I jetted to Charlotte for a weeklong vacation, unspeakable ugliness ambushed the City Beautiful. First, it descended upon an Orlando nightspot where more than 300 revelers came on “Latin Night” to live “la vida loca.” Later, it crept into my bedroom. Early that Sunday at Pulse, too many fathers, mothers, sons and daughters died — now destined to live forever in a purgatory that reduces rich, unique lives to a single grim number: 49. The number of…

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